Thursday, May 31, 2012
We have managed to buy a bunch of furniture (some of which actually was delivered and was actually what we ordered - long story, don't ask)
We had some lovely sashimi
We occasionally fought over the furniture (and I think I won - mostly)
Apparently we are now brewing our own beer (don't tell Dad - he'll be permanently camped down in the garage otherwise)
And now we are trying to find space for both our stuff in our place in Burnie.
We're getting there.
Slowly but surely!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
I'm a newcomer to Jodi and Kim's blog Art By Wiley, but every time I read it I walk away from the computer (when I do eventually walk away from the computer) very very inspired.
Jodi and husband Kim originally started the blog to showcase their artwork. These days, Jodi uses the blog as part of her challenge to write a post every weekday for the year - and if I may say so - she's doing an awesome job. I love checking out her illustrations and photographs and generally just having a good old sticky-beak at what is inspiring her. Kim does make the occasional cameo appearance, so it's worth keeping an eye out for that too!
Here's what Jodi had to say in response to my Fast Five questions...
I was lucky enough recently to purchase an original artwork by picture book illustrator Anna Walker (*squeal!*). I pretty much just stare at it all day long now.
Which blog do you NEVER skip reading (no matter how busy, crook, cranky you are)?
Oh, that’s hard! I read so many. But if I had to pick one, it’s Pikaland. I love being introduced to new artists and illustrators.
Where is your favourite place to get coffee and/or eggs + bacon and/or pancakes?
Brekkie out is a rare indulgence these days with a toddler and an 8-month-old baby in tow. So while the place has to have great coffee the other criteria is now a courtyard sandpit or a decent range of toys available!
I’m very boring in the font department. I only ever use Times New Roman for printed stuff and a good solid sans serif (Arial or maybe Helvetica) for the web. I wonder what that says about me...
What is your favourite city to travel to?
I’d go back to NYC in a heartbeat (one day...). But closer to home, a flying visit to Sydney will cure me of my wanderlust for a while. Other than that I think it’s fun sometimes to play tourist in my own town - Melbourne.
Thanks so much for participating, Jodi - it has been a real treat to get even more of a glimpse into your creative, beautiful world! :)
All images courtesy of Art By Wiley.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
They have a massive, industrial sized roll of paper in the foyer at the Maker's Workshop in Burnie.
Next visit I'ma gonna pick me up a stash of that paper. And...make, urm stuff.
(Or it will sit in the spare room until I have time to do something with it!)
Monday, May 28, 2012
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Well, hello Term One holidays, haven't you taken your time getting here?!
So nice to see you, thanks for joining us.
Stay awhile, won't you?
Friday, May 25, 2012
Linking up with Our Creative Spaces.
A bit more from Penguin to come.
And then a little bit from Burnie.
And maybe later in the week a little bit from Hobart. (Or next week, depending on how slack I get now that I'm on school holidays!)
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Many moons ago, I came home to Burnie from uni at Hobart to do a teaching prac. I stayed with my parenticals and was looking for something to read. I spotted this massive book sitting on the bookshelf called 'London' by Edward Rutherfurd. I was pretty hesitant because, quite frankly, if a book is too heavy to hold in bed, I'm not sure I want to go there (don't judge). Anyway, I soon got over that and cracked that bad boy open. And I loved it. I really enjoyed the intertwining (is that a word?) of the historical details and the character's lives. I liked that you could follow the main characters throughout time and you could follow the development of the city throughout time. I thought it was brilliant.
So, cut to me coming home from living in London a couple of years ago, when I'm living with the parenticals again while saving money and on the bookshelf, I see 'New York' by Edward Rutherfurd.
It took me a while to get into the story this time - whereas with 'London' I was hooked from the start. I was really dead keen to like this book, but I have struggled to keep going. I'm going to keep going because I'm a stubborn bugger. I haven't really felt drawn into the lives of the characters or the city, which is disappointing because that's kind of the whole point with these books. And I find myself getting closer to that last page (ever so slowly) and thinking to myself 'Hang on a minute - how's he going to fit it all in?' Maybe he does, I'm just going to have to keep plugging away to find out.
Have you read either of these? Or any of Rutherford's other epic city stories? Mum has also given me 'Dublin', but I'm feeling a bit wary after 'New York', so I'm not sure if I'll bother opening it up because once I do - I have to read the entire thing. It's just the way I'm wired. Are you like that? Or do you put the bloody thing down and start something else?
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Ally from The Vintage Valley is just about as cute as a button, isn't she? She's got the vintage look down pat and those photos on her blog? Sensational. Ally also likes to share the vintage love (isn't that just the way it should be) with her online shop. Oh my word, there are some goodies over there, indeedy. Do check it out for yourselves.
So not only is Ally gorgeous and nice and all vintagey, she also kindly participated in my Fast Five, allowing us a bitsy little peek into her world...
2) Which blog do you NEVER skip reading (no matter how busy, crook, cranky you are)? Like many ladies I adore A Beautiful Mess, I always check it because I know they post every day so I have a whole new source of inspiration whether it be fashion, DIY projects or a bit of visual delight, Elsie and Emma are such talented ladies!
3) Where is your favourite place to get coffee and/or eggs + bacon and/or pancakes? I love The Merchant in Mt Lawley Perth, they are a cute cafe with lightbulbs hanging from the ceiling that make a mean bacon and eggs and the perfect cup of coffee!
4) What is your favourite font? If we are going old school fonts here....hmm...I'd have to admit I'm an Edwardian Script kinda gal, there is something about swirly letters that makes me happy!
5) What is your favourite city to travel to? I have to admit I'm not a well travelled woman, I have been around Australia and love it and have ventured to Bali like every other Western Australian but I am looking forward to going to Europe next year with my partner I've been doing copious amounts of research and I have a feeling I'm in love already!!
I've got a feeling that your feeling that you are already in love with Europe before setting off on your journey is totally going to come true! Thanks so much for participating, Ally! You're a gem! :)
All images courtesy of The Vintage Valley.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Tara Pearce's family home.
Featured on The Design Files.
Photos by Lucy Feagins, styling assistant Marni Kornhauser.
For more photos and an awesome article, read the whole shebang here.